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Finance Schools in South Carolina

Although several colleges and universities in South Carolina offer undergraduate programs in finance, Charleston Southern University is the lone university to offer a graduate finance program. Students can pursue a Master of Business Administration with a finance concentration. The 11 course degree program can be completed online or on campus in the evenings. In addition, students may consider earning a master’s in finance from an online program.

Quick Facts:

  • There are 8 colleges and universities with finance degree programs in South Carolina.
  • 1 school offers a master’s or advanced degree in finance.
  • Highest graduate rate*: Wofford College, 84%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Francis Marion University, 34%. 1
  • Highest net price per year*: Wofford College, $21,066.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Coastal Carolina University, $13,903.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for finance programs in South Carolina: $13,090 – $34,555.2
  • 2 schools in the Businessweek’s Top Business Undergraduate Programs in 2013: University of South Carolina (87) and Clemson University (94).
  • 1 school in the US News Best Business Graduate Schools in 2013 (top 100): University of South Carolina (73).

*For 4-year colleges and universities that offer a finance degree program.

Master’s in Finance Degree Programs in South Carolina

College of Charleston
College of Charleston offers a Finance Master of Business Administration in an accelerated one-year program that allows students to complete their degree quickly to pursue professional opportunities. The fundamental and technical aspects of finance are covered in the curriculum to prepare students to work in retail banking, financial control, and other lucrative career areas. Admission to the program is competitive and geared towards those with high levels of academic achievement. College of Charleston has been recognized by the Princeton Review, Forbes, Newsweek, and Kiplinger’s as a top university and best college value.

University of South Carolina
University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business awards a Master of International Business degree through its Master of Business Administration program that provides a comprehensive education in finance through a combination of core and elective credits. Students who are or who have taken courses at select schools of banking may also be eligible for the University of South Carolina’s competitive and unique banking track. Select courses may be taken at satellite campus locations, and coursework can be accelerated in order to complete the degree more quickly.

Winthrop University
Winthrop University offers a Master of Business Administration – Finance degree that thoroughly covers the theory and practice of finance while preparing students to assume positions of leadership in business. The finance electives for this curriculum support students’ professional careers in a variety of finance settings. Field learning and experiential learning are emphasized in the curriculum. A Financial Markets Seminar set in New York City is a competitive experience for many program graduates. Students enrolled in the program can seek further educational opportunities through the school’s MBA Lecture Series, which hosts well-known speakers with deep experience in business and finance. Winthrop University has been named a Best Buy by Barron’s and one of America’s Best Colleges by US News & World Report, among other accolades.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

South Carolina is ranked highly by Forbes’ Best States for Business list for its ready labor supply, low business costs, and business-friendly regulatory environment. According to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Boeing South Carolina is among the leading Charleston employers. Boeing’s South Carolina operations are centered on the manufacture of the 787 Dreamliner. Finance graduates can find opportunities with Boeing through internships and full-time roles in finance supporting the manufacturer’s operations. The well-known insurer Aflac, regularly named one of Fortune’s Best Companies to Work For and a member of the Fortune 500, has offices in Columbia. This financially strong company is committed to sustainable business practices and frequently has openings for well-qualified finance graduates.

South Carolina Financial Analyst and Manager Salary and Job Outlook

Financial analysts in South Carolina earn an average annual salary of $70,660, while financial managers in the state earn an average annual salary of $101,070.5 The metropolitan areas of Charleston and Columbia are home to a high concentration of financial analysts although these professionals are also likely to find work in more rural areas.6 The areas surrounding Columbia and Rock Hill draw a greater number of financial managers.7 Between 2010 and 2020, both financial analysts and financial managers are likely to see positive job growth according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics of 23% and 9% respectively.8,9

South Carolina Finance Salary and Jobs

OccupationNumber EmployedAverage Salary
Financial Analysts1,160$69,200
Financial Examiners90$75,710
Financial Managers4,320$100,200
Loan Officers3,900$59,450
Personal Financial Advisors1,040$82,570

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2012.

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=SC&major=finance-accounting&sort=best
3. Bloomberg Businessweek: https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-best-undergrad-business-schools/
4. US News and World Report: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/mba-rankings
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_sc.htm
6. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes132051.htm
7. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes113031.htm
8. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-analysts.htm#tab-6
9. Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/financial-managers.htm#tab-6